Pitch Like a Movie Producer

Pitch Like a Movie Producer

Want to learn how to pitch?

Try visiting one of the top movie sites: The Internet Movie Database.

Check on any movies, forthcoming or in release, that are similar in any fashion to something you’re writing. Let’s say you want to check out the coming Narnia movie, Prince Caspian.

You’ll see a summary of the movie, including its “tagline”:

A New Age Has Begun.
Everything you know is about to change forever.

Or check out the Plot Outline, to see 3 versions, by various writers:

“Prince Caspian” finds the Pevensie siblings pulled back into the land of Narnia, where a thousand years have passed since they left. The children are once again enlisted to join the colorful creatures of Narnia in combating an evil villain who prevents the rightful Prince from ruling the land. (Written by Max Davison {RockyHexorcist2785} )

The four Pevensie children return to Narnia, only to discover that hundreds of years have passed since they ruled there, and the evil King Miraz has taken charge. With the help of a heroic mouse called Reepicheep, and the exiled heir to the throne, Prince Caspian, they set out to overthrow the King, once again with Aslan’s help. (Written by comicfan)

A year after their first adventure in Narnia, Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy are pulled back in by Susan’s magic horn. They find that hundreds of years have passed, and Narnia is now ruled by the bloodthirsty General Miraz, uncle to the true heir, Prince Caspian, now in exile. Now the children must find Caspian and help him depose Miraz . . . but how will they get home after it’s done? (Written by rmlohner)

Nice! Or for The Other Boleyn Girl, check out these great taglines:

The only thing that could come between these sisters… is a kingdom.

Two sisters divided for the love for a king.

In an age where a woman’s destiny was determined by her father, one sister followed the rules. The other defied them.

What if you could have everything you ever wanted? What if all you had to do was betray the sister you loved?

They were the closest of sisters, until the most powerful man in the world made them rivals.

Learn to write punchy prose like that, and your query letters will sparkle like the Narnian sea . . . or the jewels on a Tudor crown.

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